[REVIEW] : WhatsApp has stopped working on 19 smartphones, including several iPhones
On which operating systems?
On Android, the messaging application no longer works on smartphones with an operating system older than 4.1, which dates from 2012.
For iPhone users, versions prior to iOS 10 are affected. But for iOS, the case is a little more particular. For example, the iOS 12 version is compatible with the iPhone 5S released in 2013. Clearly, for some iPhones, it will be enough to download and update iOS with the latest version of the operating system to regain access to WhatsApp.
Check your operating system
On iPhone, the procedure for checking the operating system version is relatively simple. Just go to “Settings”, then “General”. The “Information” menu will then bring all the details about the system version.
On the side of Android users, the path changes slightly depending on the model. But, theoretically, you must first go to the “Settings” or “Configuration”, then select the “About phone” section. After clicking on “Software Information”, a menu shows the Android version of the device.
The complete list of banned
Here is the full list of the 19 smartphones that have lost access to the app since March 31:
- Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
- Samsung Galaxy X Cover 2
- Samsung Galaxy Core
- LG Lucid 2
- LG Optimus F7
- LG Optimus L3 II Dual
- LG Optimus L4 II
- LG Optimus L2 II
- LG Optimus F3Q
- LG Optimus L3 II Dual E435
- ZTE Grand S Flex
- ZTE V956
- Sony Xperia M
- Huawei Ascend G740
- Huawei Ascend Mate
- Huawei Ascend D2
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S Plus
WhatsApp bets again on increasing the privacy of its users
For some time, WhatsApp has been focusing on user privacy and how it can be improved. It has already introduced many changes to achieve this and now it finally has one more, which will elevate this area even further.
Still in the testing phase, but with a lot of potential, the possibility finally arrives to choose to whom the user information will be presented. Soon it will be a reality available to everyone to choose who can see what is public.
Even more privacy on WhatsApp
Once again this WhatsApp novelty is available in your test program. The latest version dedicated to Android now allows users to fine-tune much of their privacy and especially to whom they show their information.
This was a feature that had already been seen in internal testing, but needed to be rolled out to more users. Now it’s happened and it’s finally open to be evaluated and mostly tested for issues.
Choose the information given to contacts
So far status, last login date/time, profile picture and more only have 3 status. It was either private, fully open and public, or limited to contacts. This is changing now, with the arrival of another level of permissions.
Users control the data
The way to use this novelty is the same as others already seen in WhatsApp. The user will have the option to choose which of their contacts will be blocked from seeing their status, profile picture, bio, and last online login.
Soon this novelty will be extended to more users and will drop its test and evaluation status. By then, it will be mature and ready to give users even more privacy and control over who has access to what they share on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp will stop working on THESE smartphones from today; check if your phone is on the list
WhatsApp will stop working on some smartphones from April 1, 2022, the messaging platform previously announced. The popular Meta-owned messaging would stop working on these smartphones as the software will stop supporting older versions of Android and iOS.
According to the official website, WhatsApp should stop working on smartphones and other devices running Android 4.1 or earlier versions, iOS 9 or earlier versions, or older versions of KaiOS 2.4.
From time to time, WhatsApp stops offering support for older versions of operating systems to ensure the privacy and security of its users. In the past, the messaging platform announced the termination of its services for handsets with older versions of operating systems. The Meta-owned platform is likely to bring such changes in the coming future as well.
WhatsApp: strangers can no longer spy on you thanks to this feature
In December 2021, WhatsApp decided to strengthen user privacy by adding a brand new simple, yet effective feature. The principle ? Give the possibility to the user to limit access to certain information, such as the date, the time of the last connection, the About section or the profile photo.
Thus, three choices are now available to the user: to open access to his information to everyone, to his contacts only, to no one or to limit access to specific contacts. Deployed four months ago on the beta version of the Android application 188.8.131.52, this feature was unfortunately reserved for a small number of beta testers.
WHATSAPP MULTIPLIES UPDATES
As a reminder, WhatsApp has multiplied updates in recent weeks. The instant messaging application with two billion users allows for example listen to your voicemail messages before sending them. In addition, it is now possible to listen to voice messages using other applications. We also note the addition of emojis in the reactions to messages as offered by Facebook Messenger. Well, WhatsApp’s proposal is difficult to see with only five choices, but that’s it.
Lately we learned that WhatsApp will soon be able to send 2GB files. This feature is being tested with a select group of users in Argentina. Currently, file transfers cannot exceed 100MB on Android and 128MB on iOS. By pushing this limit to 2 GB, WhatsApp would therefore catch up with the accumulated on certain competitors, Telegram in mind which allows to exchange files of the same volume. We therefore hope that this feature will come out of beta test quickly and that it will be released to as many people as possible soon.
WhatsApp: this new beta will prevent anyone from stalking you
A new beta is being deployed for the Android version of the WhatsApp application and adds another new feature to the famous instant messaging application.
Reserved for Android and deployed 4 months ago, it notably contained a feature allowing you to select the groups of people who can have access to your personal information (we are talking here about your profile photo and your connection times). This novelty had so far only been deployed to a few people, but things are changing.
A PROGRESSIVE DEPLOYMENT
This is being made available to more beta testers. If you see this new feature appear in your privacy settings, you will now be able to benefit from it, but be aware that by doing this you will no longer have access yourself to the latest information on the profile of the persons concerned. However, this rule does not apply to their profile picture.
The deployment of this feature therefore seems to resume and the installation of the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android 184.108.40.206 allows you to take advantage of it.
ALWAYS MORE NEWS
The brand had already recently added a feature allowing users to continue listening to their voicemail messages while being able to leave the conversation.
Nor is it the first novelty (nor the last) that WhatsApp offers us these days, the Meta application seeming to want to become ever more versatile to keep its users. We think in particular of the arrival of emoji reactions or the easy sending of videos and photos that have arrived on the application.
WhatsApp has a habit of launching features that keep it competitive and withstand the growing competition. Between Telegram and Signal looking to replace it and having some advantages, it would be beta for WhatsApp not to replicate to ensure its survival.